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Phylogeography of Dasia Gray, 1830 (Reptilia: Scincidae), with the description of a new species from southern India

Auteur: 
S. Harikrishnan, Karthikeyan Vasudevan, Anslem De Silva, V. Deepak, Niladri Bhusan Kar, Rohit Naniwadekar, Albert Lalremruata, K. Rebekah Prasoona, Ramesh K. Aggarwal
Jaar: 
2012
Artikel Volume: 
3233
Artikel pagina's: 
37-51
Artikel type: 
Journal Article
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A new tree skink species of the genus Dasia Gray, 1830, closely allied to Dasia haliana, is described from southern West- ern Ghats of India. The new species named, Dasia johnsinghi sp. nov. can be distinguished from all other congeners by morphological and molecular data. A related species, Dasia subcaeruleum, is re-described based on new material from a new locality in the Western Ghats. Mitochondrial rDNA-based phylogenetic analysis of the genus Dasia reveals the affin- ities of the south Indian and the Sri Lankan species with Southeast Asian ones. The biogeographic processes that might have led to the disjunct distribution of the entities in the genus are discussed. An updated key to the identification of species of the genus Dasia is provided.

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